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    Re: The Making of a Paladin (Score: 1)
    by Mystic-Scholar on Thu, August 30, 2012
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    “As silently as the ghost of murdered men they disappeared in the darkness.” The Phoenix on the Sword, by Robert E. Howard
    “The shimmering shaft of the tower rose frostily in the stars.” The Tower of the Elephant, by Robert E. Howard
    Hope I’m not disappointing you, Smillian! There are, of course, innumerable books on writing and I’ve read several. They all offer the same advice: Read what you like and want to write yourself. So, you shouldn’t expect me to name any “great” literary minds, in the normal sense. Howard tops my list. Many know, or are familiar with Conan, but have those readers ever paid real attention to Howard’s prose? His scenic descriptions are awesome and who else would have thought to write the above quotes? How do you better a sentences like that? Howard is followed closely by Tolkien, Louis L’aMour , Sir Walter Scott and Michael Moor*****. Moor*****’s “Eternal Champion” theme is one I’d like to emulate, but haven’t quite figured out how to do so without blatant plagiarism! LOL And now I spend the rest of my life trying to figure out how to rewrite the quotes above, lest all of you know from where I stole them! ROFL Hope that answers your question, without disappointing you, Smillian! And I’ll consider your complimentary comment to be my Nebula. Thanks!

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